NYFEA, Agriculture’s Promise and The National Institute

August 4, 2010 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

Thank you to Samantha Jo Pedder for today’s guest blog post on her experience with NYFEA! Don’t forget about the National Institute December 9-11 in Monterey, California! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/9QDzlc.

My closest relationships to agriculture prior to attending Penn State and the National Young Farmers Institute were a few pet goats and chickens, a family garden and many trips to the local county fairs. My name is Samantha Pedder and I am a senior at Penn State majoring in Wildlife Science. I am a hunter and all-around- outdoors woman, with a less than standard knowledge base of the agricultural industry. Never would I have thought that in college I would become interested in agriculture, let alone attend conferences across the nation based on the industry or join an organization such as the National Young Farmer Educational Association (NYFEA).

I was introduced to the NYFEA through a friend who informed me of a trip south to Alabama for the 2009 National Institute. I jumped at the chance to learn about agricultural practices in another state and to attend the leadership training workshop. The trip was a three day tour packed full of southern hospitality, historical and educational stops and laughter. During the trip, I toured one of the largest shipping yards in Mobile and an agriculture research center where I tested a tasty new variety of oranges. I also had the opportunity to participate in the Young Ag Leaders Event (YALE), a great workshop that offered lessons in teamwork and leadership. And finally, I was able to enter a paper in the Ag Communications Contest and learned valuable communication skills during the seminar led by Mr. Carl Jessen. Overall, I learned more on this trip and from the people I met than I ever could have in a classroom.

This experience was a very rewarding and enjoyable chance to delve deeper into agriculture.  The 2010 National Institute will be in Monterey, California, and I am already looking for a flight out there.  Tours of vineyards and the Dole Salad Plant await in the beautiful landscape of California, as well as a chance to make new friends and learn even more.  I guarantee that any person that attends will enjoy themselves and learn quite a bit about agriculture and what it takes to become a leader for our generation.  I encourage every student, agriculture major or not, to explore what the NYFEA has to offer at the National Institute this year.


Entry filed under: Agriculture's Promise 2010, Guest Bloggers, NYFEA info, The National Institute 2010.

Guest Blog Post: Bacon! Do I Smell Bacon? NYFEA Environmental Leaders Program

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 16 other followers

Connect with us!

Watch us on YouTube!Connect with us on Twitter!Find us on Facebook!

Twitter Feed

Top Posts

Past posts

August 2010
« Jul   Sep »

%d bloggers like this: